10 Romantic Dates in Houston
Houston: The Bayou City, poised to become the third largest city in the United States. With over 90 different languages spoken, a very young population, lots of green space offering more than 300-miles of interconnected bike-way network spread over 500 square miles and more than 128 miles of hike and bike trails, an incredible performing arts theater district spanning seventeen blocks and with nearly 13,000 seats, and residential professional companies in the four disciplines of ballet, opera, symphony and theater, it is easy to see why people flock to Houston to live, work and love.
In addition, Houston is “restaurant city”. It has one of the best culinary scenes in the country, with world-class international cuisine. There are more than ten thousand restaurants in the Houston area. Whether your honey eats gluten-free or vegan, is a farm to table kind of person or likes huge steaks and food trucks, Houston has it all. It is easy to see why Houston has the corner on the old Texas claim that everything is bigger and better!
Houston has many choices for romantic mornings, days, and evenings. So, what does a person do in Houston for romance? Here are ten suggestions that will make your significant other swoon and definitely put you in the category of the most romantic gal/guy in the world!
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1. Take her to dinner
As the mecca of great, romantic dining venues, you would be remiss if you did not take your sweetie to a romantic dinner. One sure fire suggestion is upscale Tony’s ? It has been a Houston fine dining experience since 1965. Other winning choices for a romantic dinner are Brennan’s of Houston or Mark’s American Cuisine. Brennan’s has a New Orleans character and cuisine, while Mark’s offers “new” American dishes in the setting of an elegant former church. After dinner take your date to a Houston landmark, the Houston Waterwall for an arm-in-arm stroll, and perhaps a kiss or two.
2. Get all arty and classy
How about a theater arts evening? A theater event is always a good romantic date night. The Houston Ballet is one of the nation’s best ballet companies, with traditional and modern programs. For true romance, select something with divine music, star crossed lovers, and breathtaking costumes. If you are in the mood for a play there are several great theaters – choose a musical or something light for that romantic date. Attending a theater arts event is a chance for both of you to get “dolled up”, evening attire and all. If you want to make her heart pitter-patter, put on a tuxedo! If you want to turn his head, gals, formal attire is “in” at the opera !
3. A stroll in the park
Houston has numerous green spaces, which provide romantic opportunities for lovers. Take a twilight stroll at the Reflection Pond at the Houston Zoo, and wander through the newly refurbished McGovern Centennial Gardens just across the street. It is truly a romantic garden feel.
4. An old fashioned buggy ride
Take a horse-drawn carriage ride in downtown Houston. It is old-world romance at its best. Afterwards, take your sweetie to the Spindletop Rooftop Bar for a nightcap. This glass-walled restaurant makes one revolution every 45 minutes to get a 360-degree view of the city. Try The Chocolate Bar for a sweet wrap-up to your evening. Share a hot chocolate in one of the private, corner tables, and whisper sweet nothings.
5. Up, up and away
For a little early morning romance, why not splash out on a hot air balloon ride and witness the beautiful Gulf Coast, with champagne to stir and enhance the mood. You can make it just you two. Feel the romance tingle as you take in the Gulf Coast sunrise.
6. Sneak away to the woods
Take your partner to the high-end Houstonian Hotel for the weekend. Tucked away in a quiet wooded area, it has a first class spa and luxury accommodations. It is a great place to pamper your sweetie, and to feel very private. A romantic spot ! Enhance the romantic tone of the evening by having a couples’ massage in your room.
7. All at sea
For a romantic seafaring experience, take a sunset cruise on a luxury yacht. As the sun slowly sinks below the horizon, enjoy a glass or two of vino on the deck with your loved one. An intimate dinner for two puts you in the mood for romance, as you feel yourself relax, listening to the gentle lapping of the water against the hull.
8. Intimate conversation
Of course, Houston has its share of bars, but don’t just take her to your favorite sports bar, or somewhere where the music makes your eardrums bleed. Seek out places like Marfreless River Oaks Lounge. With its iconic blue door and no sign, this Houston staple has fluffy cushions and private curtained areas, where you can lounge and be with your honey sipping a few cocktails. With no television, darts, dance floor, or loud music, this eclectic bar is a must if you want to sink deep into conversation.
9. A feast for the eyes
For art lovers, the James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace structure on the campus of Rice University provides a magnificent, constantly changing backdrop. It is a great place for that never to be forgotten first kiss.
10. On the beach
Galveston. The beach. Only an hour away. Take your honey-bunny for an evening. Walk arm-in-arm along the beach as the waves slowly lap around your feet and your toes squish in the sand. And if the time is right, overnight in one of the lovely nearby Victorian homes turned bed and breakfast.
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